What you see in the image at the top of the post is a picture I took of the packs that are in the big ol box of wax as of today (May 29, 2016). When I set out to have a major pack break this weekend to try and clean up some of the stuff I had, I did not realize just how many packs I have - nor the variety!
This little experiment forced me to reassess the manner in which the packs are drawn from the box. You see, I had just sorta thrown in the packs willy-nilly, thinking that would give me a wonderful bit of randomness. In truth, there are so many packs, many brands/styles were buried at the bottom and wouldn't see the light of day until further in the season. That's not bad, but it also means that the variety of packs each day was sorely lacking. I've taken care of that now. The pack draws will still be random, but the new "organized chaos" method should mean a bigger, better variety day-to-day. We'll see!
The biggest thing I learned? I have a LOT of packs. I have more packs than I even realized. Heck, I even "discovered" packs that I didn't even remember having. When I start to question my own sanity in doing these breaks, it is times like this that brings it all home. I love the hobby. I love the thrill of busting open packs to see what's inside. In my own twisted way, I get to have my own "Christmas" every time I write a pack-break post.
I can't wait to start ripping into these!
In fact, let's rip into some variety.
Ami Dolenz - Actress - Buckstore cards (Wahoo!!)
James Duval - Actor - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Luke Goss - Actor, Singer, Author - Jafronius (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Randal Kleiser - Producer - Free Agent
Peter Vanderkaay - Olympic Swimmer - Captain Canuck (Wahoo!!)
Wow, these multi-talented folks are giving me a run for the money. Goss is going in as an actor. I see that I messed up when I created "Olympians" as a category. we have a free agent as "Speed Skating" separate from Olympians, and I almost listed the Swimmer as its own thing. I think my thought process is this: if the card specifically mentions Olympics, then it is an olympian. Otherwise, it goes to the sport. Sound good? Sounds good.
2014 Goodwin Champions:
Bill Guerin - Hockey - Hockeykazi (Wahoo!!)
Dan Gurney Mini - Auto Racing - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Frederick Douglass - Activist - Free Agent
Sammy Watkins - Football - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Hey! More Free agents for the next draft! Wahoo!! Congratulations to the folks who snagged some non-baseball cards from the pack.
David Price Glow-in-the-Dark - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Matt Kemp - Dodgers - Night Owl (Wahoo!!)
Andrew McCutchen - Pirates - Brian C (Wahoo!!)
Michael Morse - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Nationals Vinyl Logo - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!! x2, Back-to-Back!!)
Playmat - Fillers - Ventura County Royals (Wahoo!!)
Haha! I bet Ventura County Royals are regretting the "Fillers" category about now. Remember, I bought an unopened box of these Chipz and EVERY pack has a playmat. Awesome! Congrats to everyone that snagged a Chipz out of here.
2014 Topps Update:
Chris Colabello - Twins - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Daric Barton - A's - dayf (Wahoo!!)
Joaquin Arias - Giants - Arpsmith (Wahoo!!)
Logan Forsythe - Rays - TSHenson (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Francoeur - Padres - Marcus (Wahoo!!)
Adam Jones Mini Die Cut - Orioles - Pedersej (Wahoo!!)
Scott Hairston - Nationals - CaptKirk42 (Wahoo!!)
Mike Trout All-Star Game - Angels - Angels In Order (Wahoo!!)
Congratulations, everyone! That Jones mini die-cut is very cool! I am pretty sure, when I was younger, I cut out plenty of those 1989 Topps apart for the "die-cut" look. I know for a fact I did it to the 1981 (what my brother and I called "the hat kind").